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  CSPAN    U.S. Senate    News/Business.  

    December 28, 2012
    5:00 - 7:00pm EST  

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the presiding officer: are there any senators wishing to vote or to change a vote? if not, on this vote, the yeas are 3, the nays are 91. under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. mr. reid: mr. president? mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. the senate will come to order. mr. reid: mr. president, i am told by the manager of this bill, senator mikulski, that they think they can complete work on this legislation supplemental in the next couple of hours. i hope that's the case. maybe we can even do it more quickly. what the plan is -- i've talked to the republican leader about this generally, not specifically -- is that everyone knows we've been to the white house. we've had a constructive
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meeting. we certainly hope that something will, positive will come from that. the republican leader and i and our staffs are working to see what we can come up with. it shouldn't take a long time to do that. i think it would be to everyone's interest if we were not in session tomorrow. it's my plan to come in at 1:00. we have an hour under our previous agreement that we have on galante. there is an hour of debate on that. we would have a vote -- we have another vote that's been set up by -- bair. mr. mcconnell: mr. leader, you're talking about sunday? mr. reid: yes. we'll probably start the votes a little after 2:00. for us, we're going to have another caucus following that, and hopefully by that time we will have made a determination,
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senator mcconnell and i, whether we can do something on the floor in addition to what i've talked about. but i do think we need that time to have everybody step back a little bit. if we come up with something, it's not that easy. we're dealing with big numbers, and some of the stuff we do is some what complicated. i think it was a very positive meeting. there was not a lot of hill hrarty in the -- a lot of hilarity in the meeting. it took an extended period of time waiting for us. mr. mcconnell: i share the view of the majority leader. we had a good meeting down at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. and so we'll be working hard to try to see if we can get there
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in the next 24 hours. so i'm hopeful and optimistic. mr. reid: i'm going to do everything i can. i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. but everybody, whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect. some people aren't going to like it. some people will like it less. but that's where we are. and i feel confident that we have an obligation to do the best we can. that was made very clear in the white house. we're going to do the best we can for the caucuses that we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. mr. reid: under the previous order there will -- the presiding officer: under the previous order there will be two minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment number 3355 offered by the senator from arizona, mr. mccain. ms. mikulski: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulski: mr. president, just a point of clarification for our colleagues, if members
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could understand we're going to vote on the mccain amendment now, and then we have four more amendments. mr. president. mr. president. the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. the senate will be in order. will senators please take their conversations from the floor. ms. mikulski: mr. president, excuse me, i stand corrected. upon the disposition of the mccain amendment, we have -- the presiding officer: senate -- would the senate please be in order. ms. mikulski: so senators can plan their time -- i know it's of the essence. upon the disposition of the mccain amendment, we have two other amendments: merkley in agriculture and coats on the republican alternative. then we have the reid substitute, which we believe will be a voice vote.
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and then we will go to final passage. so we have two amendments. we'll have four votes, one of which we think is a voice. so if everybody -- don't go off. and also don't go off when we have the votes, if we could stick to the ten minutes, it will enable us to complete the disposition of the bill. so, mr. president, i yield the floor and recommend we follow the regular order ordered by senator mccain. the presiding officer: does anyone seek debate time on the mccain amendment? ms. mikulski: i yield back the time. the presiding officer: if not, all time is yielded back. the question is on the amendment. is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. there is. the clerk will call the roll.
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber who wish to vote or to change a
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vote? if not, on this vote, the yeas are 46, the nays are 49. under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. under the previous order, there will now be two minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment number 3367 as modified further, offered by the senator from oregon, mr. merkley. ms. mikulski: mr. president, the senate is not in order. we need to hear the gentleman offering the amendment. the presiding officer: the senator is correct. the senate should be in order. would senators please take their conversations off the floor. would senators please clear the well and take their conversations off the floor.
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a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon is recognized. mr. merkley: mr. president, i'm delighted to partner with senator blunt and senator stabenow on this important amendment which addresses the disasters that occurred this last summer in terms of the centuries -- a century's worth, the worst fires and the worst drought. this is a true emergency in which our response has been delayed because of programs that are tied up in the farm bill. i reserve the balance of my time but ask colleagues let's address this real emergency. mr. sessions: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama is recognized. mr. sessions: this amendment -- and i respect my colleague's desire to get this matter done, but the language that he is advocating is already in the ag bill. we need to get that ag bill passed and i think we will soon and it's paid for. it's part within the budget limits that the ag committee has
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done. this amendment defines disasters so broadly that it would include almost anything that results in a livestock death and the taxpayers would be better served if we oppose this budget-breaking amendment. it's not a -- it's not an emergency in the sense that legislation is already in place that would take care of this, and there are other problems with it also. so i would raise a budget point of order. pursuant to section 314-e-1 of the congressional budget act of 1974, i raise the budget point of order against the emergency designation provision contained in amendment 3367 to amendment 3395, the substitute to amendment h.r. 1, the vehicle for the supplemental appropriations act. and i ask for the yeas and nays.
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mr. merkley: mr. president? a senator: mr. president? mr. president? ms. mikulski: mr. president, could we get order in the senate so we could hear the senators both debating and wishing to take an action? it is very hard to hear. the presiding officer: the senator is correct. would the senate please be in order? the chair is determining which section the point of order lies against.
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the presiding officer: the senator from alabama is recognized. mr. sessions: to further extend my point of order, i would ask that both the budget point of order lie against both emergency sections that are contained in the bill. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: this is a budget point of order against this being an emergency. if you are a farmer or a rancher and your property or the property you rent from the b.l.m. --. the presiding officer: the senator from oregon is advised the point of order is not debatable. mr. merkley: i ask consent to complete 30 seconds of remarks. the presiding officer: without
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objection. mr. merkley: if you are a farmer or reanchg rancher saying this is not an emergency is cold comfort. saying it will be addressed in the farm bill is cold comfort. when your land is burned up, when you have the worst grout drought in a century, this is an emergency and getting help six or eight months after it happens is unacceptable. we have a responsibility having not gotten the farm bill done to do these emergency provisions today. please vote on the following waiver. mr. president, pursuant to section 904 of the congressional budget act of 1974, i move to waive all applicable sections of that act for purposes of the pending amendment and i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. there is. the question is on the motion to waive. the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will call the roll.
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or change their vote? if not, this vote, the yeas are 5 5rbg the nays are 40. three-fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is not agreed to. the point of order is sustained,
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the emergency designations are removed. mr. merkley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: mr. president, given that the emergency designations in this amendment have been stricken, i ask unanimous consent to withdraw my amendment number 3367. the presiding officer: without objection, the amendment is withdrawn. ms. mikulski: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulski: i ask one minute to be able to respond to what the senator from oregon just did. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. ms. mikulski: i just with aens to say to the senator from -- i just want to say to the senator from oregon and all of the other senators who face agricultural disasters, we on the aeption pros committee would like to work with you. this is compelling human need. your disaster, my fisheries disaster, we have to have a way of working together. we want to acknowledge the validity of your concern. the senate has spoken on a
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budget point of order, but we do want to work with you and work with authorizers so that we really don't have our agricultural interests hanging out there. so i thank the gentleman for his efforts. the senate has spoken on this amendment, and let's see what we can do together. mr. president, i yield the floor and ask for the regular order. the presiding officer: under the previous order, there will now be two minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment 3 391 offered by the senator from indiana. mr. coats: mr. president? could we have order, please. the presiding officer: the senator indiana. coamr. coats: could we've order? the presiding officer: please take your conversations outside the chamber. ththe senator from indiana. mr. coats: mr. president, i don't believe there's anyone in this chamber that doesn't understand the devastating impact of sandy on the northeast and the pain and the suffering that has come from that.
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i don't think there's anyone in this chamber that doesn't understand that this is an emergency supplemental appropriation that is needed now to address this pain and suffering and help rebuild and help provide the relief necessary to these people and businesses and others in the north east. and we want do that. but the bill before us presented by the democrats -- the presiding officer: could we have order, please. mr. schumer: could we have order, please. i can't hear the senator from indiana. mr. coats: the bill presented by the other side throws out $60-plus billion to address not just immediate needs but also future needs for future storms and even unrelated issues not related to sandy. the coats alternative, which i hope to gain support for, documents what is needed, takes that documentation provided by fema, s.b.a., all the agencies involved and more than generously compensates for what
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is needed between now and the end of march. mr. schumer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new york. mr. schumer: thank you, mr. president. and first i want to say i appreciate the true concern that my colleague from indiana and those who have put this amendment together have shown. you're not just giving us the back of yew hand and saying you don't need it or wait three months or what. -- or whatever. unfortunately, though, it would just stop dead in its tracks the recovery effort so desperately needed. you cannot plan a recovery on a three-month basis. the bottom line is, if you want to build a tunnel, you can't say i'll build a fifth now and we'll see if there's more money later. if you need to build a berm of six feed feet, you sant say we'll build six feet and build more later. and because we all know that fema and these other agency work, you have to spend the
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money first and then they reimburse you, if they are real estate not sure there's going to be the money at the end of the road no more after march 31, maybe congress will or won't, you are a going to get a lot of homeowners, small business and governments not going ahead with the desperate repair that we in new york need and the whole national economy since we're a about 10% of the national economy. so it's strongly urged that the amendment, good-intentioned though it is, be defeated. mr. coats: could i ask unanimous consent for 15 seconds to respond 0 to my colleague? stir officer is there objection? without objection. mr. coats: let me just say that we simply allowing three months for the congress of the united states, representative of the taxpayers' dollars, to assess, document, and justify additional expenditures that go beyond emergency needs. that's what this is all about. mr. cochran: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that my remarks be printed at this point in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. the question is on amendment
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3391. a senator: i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or wishing to change his or her vote? if not, on this vote, the nays are 41, the nays are 54. under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. ms. mikulski: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulski: mr. president, i understand we will now be going to the reid substitute; is that correct? the presiding officer: that is
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correct. ms. mikulski: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that senator frank lautenberg be added as a cosponsor to the reid substitute. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. under the previous order there will now be two minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote on substitute amendment 3395. who yields time? ms. mikulski: mr. president, our side yields back all time. the presiding officer: is all time yielded back? mr. cochran: mr. president, we yield back all time on this side. ms. mikulski: mr. president, i ask for a voice vote. the presiding officer: the question is on the substitute amendment. all in favor say aye. all opposed, no. the ayes have it. the substitute amendment is
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adopted. ms. mikulski: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulski: the substitute has been amended, and now as i understand the order, we will move to final passage. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the motion to invoke cloture on h.r. 1 is withdrawn. under the previous order, the clerk will read the bill for a third time. under the previous order. the clerk: calendar number 14, h.r. 1, an act making appropriations for the department of defense and so forth. ms. mikulski: i ask the reading of the bill be waived. the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. without objection. ms. mikulski: mr. president, as we now move to final passage on this bill -- mr. president, if we could get a little quiet, i believe senator cochran and i on a bipartisan basis could wrap up our statements. the presiding officer: may we have order. ms. mikulski: mr. president, we're now moving to final passage here, and i know this bill will provide immediate relief to very -- to our
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constituents. i urge the adoption of this -- urge the adoption of the bill. and i want to thank senator cochran, the ranking member on this bill, for his courtesy. i want to say to my colleagues, senator inouye would have been really proud of the way we acted today. we acted with civility. we acted with crispness and promptness. we did the people's business. he'd really be proud of us and i'm proud of you. i want to thank my subcommittee chairs for the great work they did. senators schumer, lautenberg, gillibrand and menendez. and to the able staff of the appropriations committee: charlie hoy and the subcommittee clerks, a heartfelt thanks. but the real thanks would be the passage of the bill and making sure we are meeting the compelling human needs of our fellow citizens. mr. president, i yield the
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floor. mr. cochran: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from mississippi. mr. cochran: i commend the distinguished senator from maryland for her outstanding service here today to the senate. i ask unanimous consent that the balance of my remarks be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. the question is on passage of the measure. is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. there is a sufficient second. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to change their vote or who have not voted? if not, the ayes are 61, the nays are 33. the bill is adopted. the measure is passed. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: as amended. the majority leader. mr. reid: first of all, i congratulate the people who worked on this bill so hard. we appreciate the new chair of the appropriations committee, the good work she did, the work done by the new york delegation, led by senator schumer, and the work done by the new jersey delegation. extremely fine legislation. i really appreciate all their hard work and the cooperation we got from the republicans was wonderful. the people in new england suffered a tremendous blow caused by nature. as has happened during the entire history of this country, when that happens, congress has to step in and do something to help the beleaguered people.
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here is new york and new jersey and some of the other states, but they are the ones that are hit the hardest. hundreds of thousands of people, even now without homes. so i would hope the house would take this up very quickly. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that we now move to a period of morning business, senators allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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